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Joyce Meyer Defends Tattoos, Says She Might Get One to Make Religious People Mad
Christian Post ^ | 03/30/2018 | Jeannie Law

Posted on 03/30/2018 9:25:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

During a recent conference, Christian speaker Joyce Meyer made a biblical case for getting tattoos and admitted she has been thinking of getting one herself just to shut the mouths of religious people.

The video clip posted by Joyce Meyer Ministries on March 14 kicks off with Meyer explaining the difference between being holy and religious.

"Holiness is not legalism," Meyer declared.

She went on to explain that religious people have made a mess of holiness by putting a bunch of rules and regulations on people. She listed drinking, dancing, wearing makeup and more among those rules.

Meyer quoted Isaiah 44:5 in defense of getting permanent markings. The scripture says, "One will say, I am the Lord's; and another will call himself by the name of Jacob; and another will write [even brand or tattoo] upon his hand, I am the Lord's, and surname himself by the [honorable] name of Israel."

She also shared the counterargument often used to discourage believers from getting tattoos found in Leviticus 19:28: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD."

Televangelist Pat Robertson, among others, has cited Leviticus to argue that getting tattoos is a "heathen practice."

"You look at the Bible, the people are told not to mark their bodies and cut themselves like the heathen did. Tattooing is a heathen practice, it is not a Christian practice," Robertson said in 2016.

But Meyer rejected the argument and contended that God also tattooed those He loves to Himself.

"The Bible says in Isaiah 49 that God has a picture of you tattooed on the palm of His hand," she maintained.

"I'm right on the verge of going and getting a tattoo," she added, pointing to her shoulder blade. "I thought I might as well just push all the religious people right off the cliff and just get it over with."

Meyer said her ink would say, "I belong to the Lord." She admitted that her husband pushed back a bit on her stance but they realized it was just a religious stance stemming from legalism.

Evangelist Christine Caine, seated in the front row of the meeting, can be seen rooting Meyers on as she expressed her interest in getting a tattoo.

"Why would I do that (get a tattoo)? Just to make religious demons mad, no other reason," she maintained.

"I lived in so much bondage from legalism," Meyer revealed of her past. "Everything in legalism is about something you can not do. Let me tell you something — it is not boring to serve Christ, it is so much fun and there's so much you can do and not only that, you can enjoy all of it!"

The Saint Louis native pointed out that in Ezekiel 16:9-13 there was a big celebration and God put earrings and nose rings on the Israelites.

"Here's the bottom line, it's all about your motives and how you are doing things. We can't look at the outside of somebody and decide for ourselves that they're an evil person ... That's why so many people today don't want anything to do with the church 'cause all they get is criticism and judgement," she concluded.

The clip finished with Meyer encouraging those in attendance to pursue holiness but in freedom.

Hillsong New York City Pastor Carl Lentz has also defended Christians getting tattoos and addressed the criticism he often receives about his own markings. "Biblical interpretation is huge right? So with tattoos not being allowed you mean Leviticus. We play both sides of the coin I think that is healthy. Like this paradox of scripture, interpretation is actually is part of our faith, the tension of it. So, on one hand, we say that is the Old Testament scripture, there is no New Testament verification of that. That law that had to do with slaves, that identified you as part of a tribe we don't believe that came through the cross," Lentz told World Religion News last year.

"We don't believe that when Jesus died and rose again that old Levitical scripture applied to our modern life. That is ridiculous," the Virginia native argued. "At the same time, there are some things we do believe follow through on the cross. So the way we break down we would literally put up the Old Testament and then put a cross in the middle and then we put up the New Testament and we say anything that comes through the cross is eternal. Anything that stops is Old Testament."

Making the case against tattoos, some Christians have cited 1 Corinthians 10:23, pointing out that the question isn't about whether tattooing one's body is a "sin." But it's more about whether it's "a good and necessary thing to do."

Will Honeycutt, a professor at Liberty University, believes that while "the Bible does not explicitly forbid tattoos," Christians should remember that "the Bible has a high view of the body as God's handiwork, which is not to be disfigured."

Also, he argued, one should not get a tattoo out of rebellion. Rather, "our primary motive for anything we do should be to glorify God."

"Are you seeking to direct people's thoughts toward God or yourself?" Honeycutt posed.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: joycemeyer; tattoos; ybpdln
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1 posted on 03/30/2018 9:25:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If you want one, get one. Just don’t imagine it makes you some kind of non-conformist.


2 posted on 03/30/2018 9:27:03 AM PDT by marron
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To: SeekAndFind
TATTOO, noun.

A permanent reminder of one’s temporary insanity.

3 posted on 03/30/2018 9:27:57 AM PDT by Ciaphas Cain (Progressives are turning America into "Harrison Bergeron" as conceived by Ayn Rand.)
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To: SeekAndFind

How many tats did Jesus or the Disciples get?


4 posted on 03/30/2018 9:28:42 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Keep the guns, ban the liberals.)
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To: SeekAndFind

RE: Will Honeycutt, a professor at Liberty University, believes that while “the Bible does not explicitly forbid tattoos,” Christians should remember that “the Bible has a high view of the body as God’s handiwork, which is not to be disfigured.”

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The Old Testament law commanded the Israelites, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:28, English Standard Version ).

OK, some people might say that the above only applies to Ancient Israel and does not apply to Christians today because Christians are not under Old Testament Law.

But why do you suppose it was forbidden then?


5 posted on 03/30/2018 9:29:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: marron
Just don’t imagine it makes you some kind of non-conformist.

No, it just makes you unique - just like everybody else.

6 posted on 03/30/2018 9:31:14 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (Capitalists sign their checks on the front. Socialists sign theirs on the back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, prior to Vatican 2 (can’t speak to what IT has said), Catholics banned tattoos as well.

They’re ugly, dirty and disgusting. And I won’t change my mind so the tattoo’ed need not bandy words with me.


7 posted on 03/30/2018 9:31:48 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: marron

I hope she gets one.

When old, elderly white women start getting tattoos, then won’t young people STOP following this trashy trend?


8 posted on 03/30/2018 9:31:51 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: SeekAndFind

Now I’m older, I’m tattooed all over
My wife is tattooed too
A rooty-toot-toot, rooty-tooty-toot-toot
Rooty-toot-toot tattoo too
To you


9 posted on 03/30/2018 9:32:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
"...Christians should remember that "the Bible has a high view of the body as God's handiwork, which is not to be disfigured..."

This is much how I feel. It is simply an opinion.

As a man, I enjoy the look of the unadorned female body, and tattoos or piercings just detract from that look. The more of them there are, the less beautiful it seems to me.

But that is my personal opinion. If people want to get them, that is their business.

And I was put off by her statement "...But Meyer rejected the argument and contended that God also tattooed those He loves to Himself..."The Bible says in Isaiah 49 that God has a picture of you tattooed on the palm of His hand," she maintained..."

It sounds too much like saying "Well if God does it, we can too."

10 posted on 03/30/2018 9:34:58 AM PDT by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s written some good books (Battlefield of the Mind) but she is a false teacher in some aspects. I beleieve she is wrong here.


11 posted on 03/30/2018 9:34:59 AM PDT by Angels27
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same. :)


12 posted on 03/30/2018 9:35:31 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Nearly all men can stand adversity...to test a man's character, give him power." A. Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind; Fightin Whitey
Maybe she’ll get an S-Town Podcast/John McLemore style tattoo.

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13 posted on 03/30/2018 9:35:41 AM PDT by Bodleian_Girl (Each hour wounds, the last one kills...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not impressed, and just reinforces my belief that Joyce Meyers is just another new-age faux Christian.


14 posted on 03/30/2018 9:36:35 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not religous (because of or in spite of Catholic College?), but I’m often surprised how views which I try to reach logically conform to the Bible. Tattoos don’t make any sense. They’re a permanent identification to someone or something other than ones self. What I think of with tattoos is Nazi Germany, prison inmates, or the mark of the devil. On a more practical note, the image of an aging motorcycle rider with the disfigure butterfly tat on exposed on their rear end says it all.


15 posted on 03/30/2018 9:36:44 AM PDT by grania (Deplorable and ProMy ud of It!)
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To: BipolarBob
How many tats did Jesus or the Disciples get?

Lots of them but since it was no big deal at the time, nobody ever talked about them.........

16 posted on 03/30/2018 9:37:19 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My cat is not fat, she is just big boned........)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe a biblical scholar can correct me, but I don’t see Jesus being motivated to do things in order to “tick off the religious folks”. He was motivated by love and obedience, and he sure did tick off the religious folks but that wasn’t his intent.


17 posted on 03/30/2018 9:37:41 AM PDT by scottinoc
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s as big an idiot to think that her having or not having a tattoo makes any real difference in the real world. Those who think that anyone who has a tattoo is stupid, godless, or insane are also idiots to believe that their personal view makes any difference in the real world.

Your specific denominational religious views on tattoos have no more weight with regard to the religious beliefs of people with tattoos than does this twit who thinks getting a tattoo makes any real difference in the world.


18 posted on 03/30/2018 9:37:46 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind

My son (21 years old) just got a tattoo.

He knew I didn’t favor them.

I pointed out two things to him...

1. No one ever didn’t get hired for a good job because they didn’t have a tattoo.

2. While not all people with tattoos are low lifes, nearly all low lifes have tattoos.

My arguments fell on deaf ears.

At least it is a Christian based tattoo.


19 posted on 03/30/2018 9:38:01 AM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: SeekAndFind

Umm.. Isaiah 44:5 .. “iste dicet Domini ego sum et ille vocabit in nomine Iacob et hic scribet manu sua Domino et in nomine Israhel adsimilabitur”

‘manu’ is ablative. So it’s not “write upon the hand” as this lady seems to mistranslate, but simply “write with the hand”


20 posted on 03/30/2018 9:38:15 AM PDT by vikingd00d (chown -R us ~u/base)
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